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February 2006

Memories of a Storyteller — by Catherine Doherty. Most of you know something about Catherine Doherty, the foundress of Madonna House. But do you know Catherine, the storyteller, and Catherine, the little girl? Here she is: Lately memories are crowding upon me, knocking at the...

Combermere Diary (February 2006) — by Paulette Curran. When looking over the events of this past month in preparation for writing this column, I was struck by how much our Madonna House life is built around and permeated with the liturgy—both the unchanging essences of...

The Most Childlike of Us All — by Fr. David May. “The Gospel of Life is at the heart of Jesus’ message.” These are the opening words to that great encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Ten years after it...

A Story About a Mother — by Paulette Curran. Gianna Beretta Molla at age 38 was the mother of three children. She was two months pregnant with her fourth child when she suddenly was faced with the most momentous choice a person can ever confront: would...

Cancer, Catherine, and Me (Part Two) — by Reuben Morgenstern. Part One told of the author’s conversation with Catherine Doherty about his struggle with accepting his cancer. She told him that he was right to ask “why.” In Part Two, she tells him that he must also ask...

Standing in the Wrong Line — by Fr. Pat McNulty. The following is a reflection on Mark 1:40-45, the story of the curing of the leper, the Gospel for February 12th, the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have a priest here in Madonna House whose...

A Midwife in Auschwitz — by Marysia Kowalchyk. Last March, when I was on staff at Madonna House England, I was asked to give a talk at the Women’s World Day of Prayer. This year the country featured was Poland, and since I was probably...

Birth Control — by Shatzi Duffy. The groundwork for the contemporary assault on human life, an attack which began with abortion and leads to infanticide, euthanasia, and radical eugenics, was prepared by society’s acceptance of “the contraceptive mentality.” Charles Rice, professor of law...

Notes From Near and Far: Edmonton, Alberta — by Arthur Connick, Marian Centre Edmonton. Fr. Tom Rowland and I are new arrivals in this house, and one thing I would say about it is that this is a busy house. Some days I feel like I am being...

Notes from Near and Far: Raleigh, North Carolina — by Echo Lewis, MH Raleigh. After Mass one morning, several five and six year olds clustered together in the parish hall. One little girl solemnly explained to the others, “Mea culpa means ‘my fault’ in Latin”—a telltale sign of the...

You Are of Inestimable Worth — by Pope John Paul II. Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2006) — February is a quiet month for Madonna House, a month of snow and cold, a month that lies between the festivities of Christmastime and the austerities of Lent. In February there are few signs to give hope that spring is...

A Dream — The illustrations of Catherine Doherty in the February 2006 printed edition of our newspaper were taken from the presentation we had for the 20th anniversary of her death. The story of how this presentation came to be is a most unusual one....

Milestones (February 2006) — Recent Assignments: Sofia Segal, Washington D.C., Beth Ryan, Winslow, Arizona....

 

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